Biochemistry: An Introduction


This course covers biochemistry concepts central to the biotechnology industry with an emphasis on the enzymatic and metabolic processes of living systems at the molecular level. Topics include the structure and function of biomolecules including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids; enzymes and enzyme kinetics; and metabolism, including energy production and storage.

Prerequisites :


No prerequisites


Sections :


Section Start Date Time Location Cost Instructor Name Full Schedule Enroll
BTEC.X400.(3) 9/18/2018 06:00 PM SANTA CLARA 765 Gail Katsir View Enroll

Clinical Trials Essentials: An Intensive One-Week Course


Well-planned and well-executed clinical trials are the cornerstones of effective drug and medical device development. Offered in an accelerated format and taught by leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry, this course provides a unique opportunity for professionals from all disciplines to learn about the many facets of clinical trials--the complex process that ensures the safety and effectiveness of medical products.

Prerequisites :


No prerequisites


Cellular Biology


Recent advances in stem cell biology and cancer research illustrate the importance of understanding complex biological processes at the cellular level. This course covers the essential concepts of cellular biology, including the functions of cellular macromolecules, subcellular organization, nuclear control of cellular activity, cell signaling and cancer. You'll also learn the experimental approaches used to explore cellular activities.




Professional Credit: CA BRN/LVN Credit--Provider #CEP13114.



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Prerequisites :


No prerequisites


Sections :


Section Start Date Time Location Cost Instructor Name Full Schedule Enroll
BTEC.X403.(804) 6/15/2018 12:00 AM ONLINE 765 Juan Jose Fung View Enroll
BTEC.X403.(805) 9/19/2018 12:00 AM ONLINE 765 Juan Jose Fung View Enroll

Data Privacy and Security for Healthcare and Biosciences


Many companies in the healthcare and bioscience industries utilize Protected Health Information (PHI) or Personally Identifiable Information (PII) to develop and test products such as medical devices and mobile applications, or to perform other services, including data analysis, on their customer’s healthcare related data. This course examines the important data privacy and security issues that govern these industries.

Prerequisites :


No prerequisites


Bioinformatics Certificate Completion Review


Once all of the certificate requirements have been met and your final grades are posted, please access your Student Portal to enroll in the “Certificate Completion Review” to begin the review process. Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your certificate.

Prerequisites :


No prerequisites


Sections :


Section Start Date Time Location Cost Instructor Name Full Schedule Enroll
O-CE0060.(009) // 04:00 PM 75 View Enroll

Biotechnology Basics for Non-Scientists


Biotechnology focused articles appear in the newspapers almost every day. For the layperson, it can be a challenge to understand and appreciate this technology and its potential implications for human health, public policy and the Bay Area economy. This seminar provides non-scientists with an accessible and stimulating introduction to the world of biotechnology. The course begins with an overview of the basic concepts in molecular biology and genetics that serve as a foundation for biotechnology.

Prerequisites :


No prerequisites


Biotechnology Certificate Completion Review


Once all of the certificate requirements have been met and your final grades are posted, please access your Student Portal to enroll in the “Certificate Completion Review” to begin the review process. Please allow up to 4 weeks to receive your certificate.

Prerequisites :


No prerequisites


Sections :


Section Start Date Time Location Cost Instructor Name Full Schedule Enroll
O-CE0061.(009) // 04:00 PM 75 View Enroll
Biotechnology

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About

Start a Chain Reaction

What role will you play in the future of biotechnology? From the molecule to protein, stem cell to gene, the possibilities of bioscience are limitless. Whether your focus is molecular biology or biochemistry, immunology or gene therapy, you have the potential to make an impact when prepared with the right skills, theories and techniques. Our Biotechnology certificate offers a straightforward approach to scientific discovery and development, from the biology of cancer to the future of stem cell research. Pick up skills course by course or declare candidacy for the certificate to add a UC credential to your resume.

Two Forward-Looking Tracks
Learn the theoretical fundamentals in the Discovery track and practical applications in our Development track.

Silicon Valley Approach

Our instructors are subject matter experts with years of industry in biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Earn Two Certificates For Less

Complete two Bioscience certificates, simultaneously or in sequence, with fewer units, by selecting shared electives. Contact us to get help creating a personalized study plan.

WHAT STUDENTS SAY

"The quality of the education, and the quality of the teaching, was the best that I’ve come across, without a doubt." –Previn Brito

The Profession

Biotech Is the Future

Scientists who come equipped with a background in biotechnology offer an attractive skillset to potential employers. You can apply your knowledge of molecular biology, chemistry or drug development within a number of different environments, including:

  • At a research institution, as a researcher or lab technician;
  • At a pharmaceutical company, as a quality control analyst, research and development professional or clinical research associate; or
  • Within a corporate environment, in sales and marketing.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Average Earnings

The mean annual wage for biochemists and biophysicists in May 2015 was $93,390. –Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Market Relevance

The Top 10 Biotech Jobs Most in Demand Through 2024

  1. Medical, Clinical Lab Technologists and Technicians
  2. Medical Scientists
  3. Biomedical Engineers
  4. Biological Technicians
  5. Biochemists and Biophysicists
  6. Chemical Technicians
  7. Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
  8. Microbiologists
  9. Genetic Counselors
  10. Epidemiologists

--BioSpace

Job Prospects

Employment of biological technicians was projected to grow 5% annually, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers. –Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

"I had no idea how drugs are developed, and the courses really opened my mind." –Judith Bastiaanssen

Outcomes

Program Objectives

As a graduate of the Biotechnology certificate program, you’ll have the skills to:

  • Understand molecular diagnostics and their applications on healthcare
  • Break down key molecular biology techniques used to discover novel therapeutics
  • Explain the use of mass spectrometry in drug discovery
  • Recognize abnormalities in gene expression pathways and how they relate to human disease
  • Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC)

ACCORDING TO OUR STUDENTS

“The Biotechnology certificate helped me fill in the gaps in my knowledge and find a job. It helped me restart my career.” –Anagha Kelkar-Sane

FACULTY

At UCSC Extension, courses are developed by program chairs and faculty according to the rigorous University of California standards and designed to meet the economic needs of each industry. Our instructors represent the best of both worlds.

Program Chair

EDWARD ROZHON, Ph.D., has an extensive background[UE1]  in microbiology and immunology and worked in the non-clinical and clinical areas of drug development. He has contributed to the development of numerous drugs for the treatment of viral and bacterial diseases, autoimmune diseases, as well as cancer. Dr. Rozhon has worked at major biotech and pharmaceutical companies, including Schering-Plough and Roche. Dr. Rozhon recently retired from Genentech where he was a senior manager of clinical trials for autoimmune, infectious, and ophthalmologic diseases.

Dr. Rozhon completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University and pursued postdoctoral training in neurovirology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and at Northwestern University School of Medicine, where he was subsequently appointed as faculty. His research focused on the pathogenesis of viral diseases. He has published research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and authored chapters in several textbooks. Dr. Rozhon has taught courses in drug development and virology at UCSC Extension for 15 years.

Curriculum

Program Format

UCSC Extension’s Biotechnology courses are offered at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, a beautiful facility located on the corner of Scott and Bowers in Santa Clara. Many of our courses are available online. Choose courses according to your interest or declare candidacy in the certificate for a more comprehensive overview of the field.

Biotechnology Courses

Total: 19 units

Required: 4 courses, two from Core A and two from Core B

Electives: 7 units; a minimum of 1 unit must be taken from both tracks

To complete the certificate, you must complete a minimum of 19 units; 4 required courses and at least 7 units of elective course, with at least one unit from each track.

Prerequisite:

  • An introductory course in molecular biology

Required Courses:

CORE A

both required

  • Drug Discovery, Introduction, 3 units
  • Drug Development Process, 3 units

CORE B

Choose 2 of 4. The remaining may be used as an elective

  • Biochemistry, An Introduction, 3 units
  • Cellular Biology, 3 units
  • Experimental Methods in Molecular Biology, 3 units
  • Immunology, Principles, 3 units

Electives:

7 units required. A minimum of 1 unit must be from each track.

Track 1: Discovery

  • Biology of Cancer, 2 units
  • DNA Microarrays: Principles, Applications and Data Analysis, 3 units
  • Gene Expression and Pathways, 2 units
  • Human Physiology in Health and Disease, 3 unit
  • Genomics and Next Generation DNA Sequencing: Methods and Applications, 3 units
  • Stem Cell Biology, 1.5 units
  • Toxicology Basics for Biotechnology, 1.5 units
  • Viruses, Vaccines and Gene Therapy, 1.5 units

Track 2: Development

  • Drug Quality Fundamentals: Quality Control of Small Molecule Drugs & Biologics, 1.5 units
  • Good Manufacturing Practices, 3 units
  • Molecular Diagnostics, 1.5 units
  • Regulation of Drugs and Biologics, 3 units

Prerequisites

Familiarity with the principles of modern molecular biology is required. You can satisfy this requirement with an introductory course in molecular biology (taken within the last five years) or by demonstrating equivalent work experience. 

Recommended Course Sequence

After the prerequisites are met, it is recommended that participants begin with "Drug Discovery, Introduction" or "Drug Development Process." After that, courses may be taken in any sequence, unless otherwise specified.

INFO SESSIONS

Want to learn more about our curriculum in person? Join us for a free Info Session to learn more about our courses, faculty, and program requirements. Learn more on our Events page.

PRICE

The rough cost of the Biotechnology certificate is estimated at $6000.

Enroll

Enrollment

No application is required to enroll in our courses or certificate programs. Information about our open enrollment process can be found on our Enrollment page. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the UCSC Extension Outreach office by phone at 408-861-3860, or by email at extensionprogram@ucsc.edu.

From the schedule below, click on a course title to see sections available for enrollment. You may view the full course schedule, or enroll in the course, by clicking the respective button. The course type offerings (classroom, online, blended) are guidelines and subject to change. A blended (hybrid) course has both classroom and online components.

Declaring Candidacy

If you intend to pursue a certificate, declaring candidacy establishes program requirements early in your studies, so any subsequent curriculum changes do not affect your progress. It does not limit what courses you can take; and it helps you structure your professional development program for maximum benefit to you. Go the declare candidacy page to establish your requirements for this program. Certificate program requirements must be completed within three years of declaring candidacy.

Course Schedule


1. Prerequisite Course
2. Required Courses Core A
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
BTEC.X401 Drug Development Process 3.0 Classroom Classroom Classroom
BTEC.X405 Drug Discovery, Introduction 3.0 Classroom
3. Required Courses Core B Choose 2 of 4
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
BINF.X401 Experimental Methods in Molecular Biology 3.0 Online Online Online Online
BTEC.X400 Biochemistry: An Introduction 3.0 Classroom Classroom
BTEC.X403 Cellular Biology 3.0 Online Online Online Online
BTEC.X409 Immunology, Principles 3.0 Classroom Classroom
4. Elective Courses Track 1 -- Discovery
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
5. Elective Courses Track 2 -- Development
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
6. Also of Interest
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
CTDM.X407 Data Privacy and Security for Healthcare and Biosciences 1.5
CTDM.X801 Clinical Trials Essentials: An Intensive One-Week Course 3.5 Classroom
7. Required Certificate Review
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
O-CE0061 Biotechnology Certificate Completion Review Online Online Online Online

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